Why I Teach: Amanda Evans

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Amanda Evans, Wilson County Schools’ Teacher of the Year, is featured in this week’s installment of Why I Teach.

Current position

Fourth-grade Teacher at New Hope Elementary

First teaching position

Second-grade Teacher at Winstead Avenue Elementary (Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools)

Total number of years teaching

18 years

College attended

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Favorite quote

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” Philippians 4:6-7

Why do you teach?

I teach because every day is different in the classroom, and I get to experience new challenges and new excitements. I love to think outside of the box and research best practices to try with my students. There is nothing like the moment when you see the light bulbs turn on and hear the kids say - ‘Hey, I got that! I understand that!’ - or to be there to help them if they don’t understand. My goal is to pass on my love of learning to students so that they can become lifelong learners.

Student perspective: What makes Ms. Evans a great teacher?

Ms. Evans is great because she helps us. She doesn’t just give us work. She explains it to us so that we understand it. — Kennedy Graves

Student perspective: What is Ms. Evans’ superpower?

Her superpower is that she can find different ways to explain things to us if we don’t understand the first way that she tells us. — Lydia Simons